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Saturday, 12 January 2013

French Fashion House "Lanvin" Designs Shoes Inspired By Croatia

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This will be probably be my last post for a while, Monday I go back to finish some studies until summer, so I'll be busy with labs, homework etc. This news that came out recently I found to be interesting, and definitely great exposure for Croatian cities. (I do the odd fashion-related post, I'm very talented and can change my underwear and socks with my eyes closed, even wash my hair and brush my teeth at the same time in the shower while humming a song) These shoes, which are already available at Harrods, will definitely bring nothing but positive exposure and excite a lot of Croatian women. (for example, this blog from where I got the images?...she's very excited about this news) Having a major French fashion house like Lanvin designing shoes inspired by Croatia and especially your city, I guess that can be exciting for a shoe person. Lanvin has been worn by celebrities, models, important world personalities for years. (I never heard of Lanvin before, I just Googled a bit and found all this information out)

Pricey yes, (Way out of my price range for shoes) but then again it's Lanvin we're talking about, and Harrods, not Sears, Factoryshoe or Payless, not that there's anything wrong with that. It's all about presentation, stylishness and demeanor...within your budget. How do I think these shoes will sell in Canada?  Hmmm?...I think these shoes would be a good fit for Montreal. Toronto, Vancouver possibly also. But Montreal definitely. The city I'm in right now?  forget about it.  I don't know when's the last time I've seen anything even similar to these styles of shoes here, nevermind high end designer brands. (Put it this way, the downtown mall Dollar Store is the busiest place by far, heels in some stores are buy 1 pair, get second pair free, but you have to hunt for the left shoe from a mountainous pile of shoes on foldaway tables, since the time of this post that mall store moved)

Surprisingly, I like the design of these high heels for a variety of reason. I like a woman who wears a cool pair of heels now and then, or at least for those special occasions. One can even wear high heels with jeans. (not any jeans though, definitely not mom-jeans, I don't even know if any kind of shoes go with those kinds of jeans actually)  Heels with shorts are also highly recommended. Heels with skirts or kilts?...I don't see an issue there. Heels in bikinis? (See Mandy Lang video below and make up your own mind) Sometimes there are situations where nothing has to be worn at all even, except just the high heels. There are plenty of examples of that all over the internet. (example)

I've been to Zagreb and Rijeka, so I can understand his decision and enthusiasm to name shoes after those cities, you'd have to visit there to understand. There's a lot worse things to have the name of your city  associated with, for instance, I'd rather my city/town be associated with a French or some other European fashion house than..well, a lot of things.  (Based on my observations and experiences, I personally think Split and Zadar should get a design too, maybe down the road). The Croatian National Tourist Board I'm sure is happy with this news. Like I said, these heels are not cheap, so if you decide to get a pair for yourself, (Or you're going to buy your wife, girl friend or daughter a pair)'s also very important that you/she know how to walk in heels, otherwise what's the point? You'll just embarrass yourself and embarrass and hurt those around you, perhaps even fall on them starting a gossip condundrum for years to come)  Once you learn how, it's just like riding a bike, skating or skiing and you'll never forget.

Also, I'm not telling anyone to go out and buy these or any other high heel shoes. You can wear whatever shoes you want, and obviously wearing heels if working in a kitchen, warehouse or going jogging etc, is no a good idea. I'm just of the opinion that there's nothing wrong if a woman wants to look feminine, like they used to in the 1920' and 30's in the movies especially. Heck even these days celebs are practically always seen wearing high heels. I also added some high heel theme related videos at the bottom......




French Fashion House Finds Inspiration In Croatia

Croatia and its beauty was the inspiration behind famous French fashion house Lanvin’s 2012 shoe collection. Lanvin’s famous Moroccan-born designer Alber Elbaz was so inspired by “Croatia’s coast, Croatian women and the blend of Slavic and Mediterranean beauty” that he produced a range of shoes and named them after places in the country.

 "Croatia" Crystal Flat.

The shoes, which range from 500-2000 Euros in price, are named after the cities of ZagrebDubrovnik and Rijeka,  the island of Pag and there are also even a pair named Croatia  (pic above). British actress Tilda Swinton is a known fan of the “Rijeka” model, owning a pair in brown suede.

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A brief history of high heels.

Betty Page was hardly ever seen without her high heels

Some people have high heel fetishes, sometimes they can be like an aphrodisiac.

The popularity of high heels are everywhere one way or another.

....Jelena Rozga is another Croatian singer that practically is never seen NOT wearing high heels. (The background dancers are wearing t-shirts of the Croatian fashion brand "Elfs" btw, it has nothing to do with actual elves or leprechauns) *Update- Jelena actually bumped into Gwyneth Paltrow recently on a trip to London, and guess what they chatted about? Why, complimenting each others choice of heels of course. Story:

One of my favourite recent high heel movie intro moments. (Great movie)


From an earlier post HERE about the making of the "2012 Miss Tuning Calendar" in Croatia, some fine footage of high heel modeling. (This was another topic that did a great job promoting Croatia as well as high heels)

Like I mentioned above, knowing how to walk in heels is very important. Otherwise you don't just embarrass yourself, you'll embarrass and hurt everyone around you.

Here's a perfect example from an updated post about Zagreb's "Klub Purgeraj", the kind of place and example where women in Doc Martin's or high heels are not out of place. Heel's are equal opportunity.

Sometimes you don't even notice the high heels at first, but just like the Illuminati, they're there.

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